Angie’s Baked Mac & Cheese Balls

by Angie on June 6, 2013

There’s a small family owned restaurant near my house called Philly’s. I am addicted to their mac & cheese bites and needed to find a way to make them at home because Philly’s isn’t open 27/4. I also try to bake instead of fry and these mac & cheese balls are perfect. I suppose they […]


Zucchini Meatballs

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 13, 2013

Summer is upon us. (Maybe, I did see a ton of sweater and coat comments in my FB feed over the weekend from my friends up north.) One of the things that I love about summer is the fresh produce, farmer’s market and being able to get great prices on fruits and veggies throughout the […]


My daughter says we “speed date” food because I love playing with ingredients and am constantly creating new recipes. My family becomes attached to certain recipes and wants me to make the same things over and over and over again. My daughter says that asking for spaghetti twice in one month is not asking for […]


Cajun Chicken Fettuccine

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 5, 2013

This recipe is featured in the 21 Freezer Cooking Recipes from Costco Meal Plan #5. Here’s a fun and zippy meal that your family is sure to enjoy. You can control the “heat” easily in this one…depending on your family’s taste buds. This meal is hearty, filling and oh so tasty…it was enjoyed by everyone […]


Magda’s Chicken Noodle Vegetable Stoup

by Jenn K on March 21, 2013

While there is a list of ingredients with this soup that is as thick as stew (hence the name stoup), you can substitute whatever you have in the fridge.  In Czech, this kind of dish is called “co dům dal” or “what the house gave” and its intent is to clean out your fridge of […]

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Grocery Store Shortcuts for Homemade Meals

by Denise on March 14, 2013

I really prefer to feed my family home cooked meals, but some days that just isn’t as easy as others. For example, I like to prepare pizza dough ahead of time and keep it in the freezer for future meals, however there are days that the family wants pizza but I completely forget to take […]


Chicken & Penne Pasta with Creamy Vodka Sauce

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 11, 2013

Thanks so much to Mindi from Moms Need to Know for sharing this great recipe with us. I’m still on “leave,” enjoying my time with new baby and settling into life as a family of 6. I’m so grateful for the help and support of my fellow bloggers during this time! ~Erin My children go […]


Cheesy Tuna Pasta

by Jenn K on January 9, 2013

A cheesy twist to tuna and noodles. A recipe from Costco Meal Plan #2. Cheesy Tuna Pasta Yield – 4 servings Preparation Time – 25 minutes Cooking Time – 20 minutes Ingredients 1 lb. spaghetti noodles or other pasta 4 Tbsp butter 4 Tbsp flour 2 cups milk 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup sour […]


Not Quite CopyCat Penne Rustica from Macaroni Grill

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 31, 2012

So I’ve had my eye on this recipe that I’d seen on Pinterest for while for CopyCat Penne Rustica from Macaroni Grill. Except I don’t like pimentos. Well, I don’t mind them, but I don’t love them either. When seeing the recipe, I’d thought that it would be delicious if I made it with red […]


Tricia’s Easy Fancy Spaghetti Casserole

by Tricia H on September 27, 2012

I went to make our very favorite meal, Italian Stuffed Shells. Alas, no large shell pasta was in the pantry. What was I to do? Aha! Make it anyway with spaghetti noodles. I already had the noodles cooked – leftover from spaghetti a couple nights ago. So I mixed up the stuffing, poured in a […]

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